Bobby Hebert passed for five touchdowns, two each to Anthony Carter and Derek Holloway, as the Michigan Panthers won at Soldier Field, 34-19, today and tied the Chicago Blitz at 11-6 atop the USFL Central Division and took the upper hand by virtue of having won both head-to-head confrontations.
Temperatures on Soldier Field's artificial turf exceeded 100 degrees as Hebert completed 12 of 21 passes for 247 yards. His five-touchdown game set a USFL record and built his league-leading total to 25.
He climaxed the Panthers' first scoring drive seven minutes into the game with a 39-yard pass to Ken Lacy, and came back 33 seconds into the second quarter, following a blocked Chicago field goal, with a single-play drive, 35 yards through the air to Carter.
Carter caught seven balls for 125 yards, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in the 17th game of the 18-game regular season.
The Blitz pulled within 27-19 on fourth-quarter scores by Kevin Long on a four-yard run, Corral on a 40-yard kick and Trumaine Johnson on a nine-yard pass from Bobby Scott, who completed 22 of 39 for 335 yards.
Hebert's 32-yard touchdown toss to Carter in the closing minutes squelched the rally.
A crowd of 25,041--7,100 more than the Blitz' average home attendance--braved the heat.